Elinor Wrobel

Elinor Wrobel

(Community Recognition Statement, 24 February 2022, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I wish to put on record outstanding contribution of Elinor Wrobel OAM, nurse, curator, art collector and 'serial nuisance'. 

Elinor remains a fierce advocate and activist, and continues to use her voice to speak out for the community and for the environment, particularly on health and the arts. Elinor helped establish the Powerhouse Museum and went on to set up the John Passmore Museum of Art convinced Passmore not to burn his artworks, with her husband Fred. She's threatened to chain herself to the Domain Moreton Bay figs to save them, and hunger strikes to get action on the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Museum. A former nurse, Elinor established the museum at Sydney Hospital in 2001, recognising the links with early NSW nursing history and Florence Nightingale's nursing methods. She recovered and restored the unique rare morbid specimen collection of body parts, even threatening a hunger strike to defend it. I thank Elinor for her lifetime of commitment to nursing and health, and to Australian art. She has contributed much to Sydney and our community that is much valued and appreciated.

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!